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Title: Coogan, Michael (Brother Declan) to Coogan, William, c. 1871
CollectionCarlow-Coogan Letters
Yearc. 1871
SenderCoogan, Michael (Brother Declan)
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationmonk/shoemaker
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMt. Melleray, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford
DestinationNew Melleray, Dubuque, Ireland
RecipientCoogan, William
Recipient Gendermale
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Partial Date
Doc. Type
Word Count328
Genreurges him to forget what happened at New Melleray, having photograph taken, friend visiting in Ireland
TranscriptMt. Melleray Abbey
Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Dear William,

I'm sorry to hear that your health is so very poor, try and don't make it worse by any means: but do all you lawfully can to preserve it; as for New Melleray I'm sure you were surprised at such harsh treatment but as it's past don't bother yourself about it any longer. Forgive and forget all and don't annoy yourself speaking of it to any one. Live in quietness and honesty and try and lay up a little money for your old days. I'm glad you are doing that already. I'm sure Denis & yourself & Hugh will pull on nicely together. If you do God will bless all your undertakings. The High Mass that I spoke of will be offered also for Mary Byrne & her family. It will be as beneficial to each as if it was offered for that one person alone. God be with you.

I'll gratify my Mother on some future occasion, by sending her my likeness, when the man comes the way who takes the views and likenesses at the monastery. My health is excellent thank God and far better than it was for a long time past. The Community is well also, with very few exceptions. I'm constantly working at the shoemaking. Part of July was dreadfully warm, and I understand several or at least some died from its influence on them.

Thomas McDonald is now in Ireland. He came from France where he stopped for 4 weeks. He wrote to Thomas Joyce here, and said he'd come to see us in 3 weeks if he goes back to America. I'll send you some little presents by him. Dear br. William, I feel for you all as much as if I never parted with you; your pains are my pains, for you are all as dear to my heart as ever. God's peace be with you all. Ever &c. M. Coogan